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AB in Philosophy in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is a four-year degree program that provides students with an understanding of different philosophical theories regarding human nature, society, civilization, culture, and religion. The program teaches students how to analyze philosophical arguments and texts, construct good arguments and present arguments in a logical way. It also has special emphasis on Philippine culture, arts, politics, and folkways.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in AB in Philosophy are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Formal Logic
  • Philosophy of a Person
  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Narrative Philosophy
  • Literature as Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of AB in Philosophy are expected to be able to:

  • Have a critical understanding of philosophical perspectives
  • Apply philosophical theories, principles, and models in development work
  • Conduct philosophical research and methods
  • Adhere to ethical standards and practices in the industry

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in educational institutes and organizations. Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

The AB in Philosophy does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of AB in Philosophy may pursue a career path as a philosophy professor or lecturer at a higher education institute. Most of the Philosophy graduates opt to pursue Graduates Studies to pursue their teaching profession.

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Reviews of AB in Philosophy graduates:

R. A.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
◈ At Philippine Christian University
◈ Graduated 1994

list bulletAbout my college education: My tertiary education is absolutely fantastic! It's one of my most memorable moments in my life. Some say that college life is full of intricate studies, I really enjoyed it.
When I was in my secondary education, I thought that college life is terrifying, that there will be no more idle time, no more association with your friends, but it's the contrary. College life is so full of wonderful moments like being yourself, learning new things about life, about the physical world and a whole lot more.
It was during my college years that I learned to be creative most specially as a Philosophy major, I honed my interpersonal skills and tried to fathom the true meaning of life and the reason why we, as a people must co-exist side by side. Each day I learned new things that up to this day I can apply in real world situations. Simply put, what you had learned in school, it will mold you into the person that you really wanted to be. And more often than not, if you really put your effort into your studies, being an academic scholar of our school and all, one could make a dream into a reality.

list bulletMy current job: Presently, I am doing online jobs, working as a freelance researcher. I enjoy what I am doing, since writing and research are both what drives me the most and reading has been my passion whether reading a hardcopy or online. I was previously working in a local BPO here in my country and that gave me also a great learning experience in dealing with multi cultural environment as well as learning more about life itself.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I can say for myself that what I learned from my tertiary education was so useful that even today they are still relevant and adaptable. I took up a course in the applied science so in the end what they taught me in college I can still apply in the real world like dealing with different behavioral personalities, the intricacies of our evolving culture and the vast philosophical treatises pertaining to religion, politics and social issues which I find very relevant to what I am doing presently as a researcher.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was a working student during my sophomore years and I did not find it difficult finding any kind of jobs. My first job was a telephone operator then, when there were still switchboard panels still existing. Although the remuneration was less, the camaraderie among my colleagues was such that I really enjoyed my very first job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Philosophy: Of course, I would definitely recommend my course in college to others. My own children, if they would acquiesce, I would certainly persuade them to take it up also since it teaches us so many aspects of life itself. Initially, I want to enter the seminary and become a priest, so that was my main reason why I took up that course. Aside from entering the seminary, the course that I had finished up, can also land you into a decent job at school, a law firm, a news organization, the possibilities are endless. And the compensation presently is well above than those given to other entry level employment.
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